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Ghost in the Shell was groundbreaking. The 1995 Japanese animated film (or anime) was unapologetically for adults. The story focuses on a cyborg cop whose body is synthetic but her brain is organic. As she chases down a mysterious hacker, Maj. Kusanagi grapples with what it means to be alive. When Scarlett Johansson was cast in the live-action remake, there was an outcry over whitewashing. But the reaction in Japan has been different. Roland Kelts, Emily Yoshida and Susan Napier discuss the racial politics of anime.
Trundle by Podington Bear
Broke for Free by Night Owl
Masters and Students by Sono Sanctus
Akira soundtrack by Tsutomu Ohashi
Ghost in the Shell soundtrack by Kenji Kawai
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